Bayern Munich's winter break was useful in many aspects for coach Pep Guardiola. It allowed the ever-evolving tactician to practice new moves and formations, a steady return to match fitness for injured players and a chance for the club's brand to flex its corporate muscle in some of the sport's most emerging markets.
Yet such world tours are also a perfect opportunity for the first team to experiment with younger players who wouldn't usually get a run out. They allow them the chance to let their hair down in a stress-free scenario and really show their worth among the senior stars.
As such, the Bundesliga champions return to their duties with an abundance of quality in the squad already, with an added bonus of hungry youth just waiting to break through the status quo and demand a spot in the Bavarian limelight.
Here are three of the most likely candidates.